The European Commission has announced the 15 members of the new High Level Group that will advise the Commission on how to strengthen support for breakthrough, market-creating innovation in Horizon 2020 and future research and innovation programmes.
Swiss researchers and organisations will now be able to fully participate in Horizon 2020, the European Union's research and innovation funding programme, on equal terms with entities from EU Member States and other associated countries. This is because on 1 January 2017, Switzerland will become fully associated to Horizon 2020. Until now, Switzerland has only been associated to parts of the programme.
The European Commission has presented in Kyiv today policy recommendations to help Ukraine to improve its performance in research and innovation. The recommendations were developed, at the request of Ukraine's Ministry of Education and Science, by a team of high-level experts and officials from eight different EU Member States.
The December 2016 edition of the FET Newsletter brings you the latest news on Future and Emerging Technologies: Graphene secrets unveiled, quantum news, reporting from the Human Brain workshop at the European Parliament, portrait of a FET researcher, funding opportunities and interesting project news and future events.
Graphene Flagship researchers from Trinity College Dublin in collaboration with the National Graphene Institute (NGI) at the University of Manchester, have used graphene to make the novelty children’s material Silly Putty® (polysilicone) conduct electricity. Using this conductive polymer they found that they were able to create extremely sensitive sensors.
The European Commission has announced the 12 members of the new High Level Group that will formulate a vision for future EU research and innovation and make recommendations on maximising the impact of EU investments in this area. The group is chaired by Pascal Lamy, President Emeritus of the Jacques Delors Institute.
Horizon 2020, the EU's research and innovation programme, is attracting more and more researchers and innovators. In 2015 there was an increase in proposals by 25% compared to 2014, especially coming from businesses, whose number of applications increased by almost 27%. Almost 50 % of participants are newcomers, many of which are small and medium-sized companies.
The European Commission is today presenting new measures that will help bring more countries to the map of research excellence. The actions range from financing new knowledge centres to facilitating structural reforms that will enable more synergies between different funding sources. They will be rolled out during the last three years of Horizon 2020, the EU's research and innovation funding programme that runs until 2020.
The European Commission has today launched a public stakeholder consultation which will feed into the interim evaluation of Horizon 2020, the EU's €77 billion research and innovation funding scheme running from 2014 to 2020. This interim evaluation will help improve the functioning of Horizon 2020, and will also be an important element in preparations of a next EU research and innovation programme.